Monday Morning Quarterback

Josh Kendall's look at the Good, the Bad, and the Notable from Georgia's loss to Vanderbilt.

The good: Georgia's offensive line returned to the form it showed in the first four games of the season. After allowing five sacks to Tennessee, the Bulldogs didn't allow any to Vanderbilt. Part of the reason was the solid play of tackle Ken Shackleford and guard Fernando Velasco, who were filling in for injured starters Dennis Roland and Nick Jones. Shackleford played well enough, Coach Mark Richt said, that the Bulldogs may go back to a three-tackle rotation when Roland is healthy.

"Velasco did well, too, but I don't think he's sitting there where he'd be splitting time with Nick right now," Richt said.

The bad: Georgia's big win covered up the fact that it had another 13 penalties on Saturday. That gives the Bulldogs 25 in the last two games. Many of the calls were offensive holding, and Richt said they are due to poor hand placement. An offensive player can hold a defensive player inside the framework of the body, but once the hands go outside that, it's a penalty. "We have to be more disciplined with our hands," Richt said. "We haven't had many blatant ones where you tackle the guy, but when you get your hands outside, even if it's just for a moment, you take the risk of getting a holding call. There are a lot of great things going on (in the blocking game), we've just been careless with where our hands are getting placed."

The injuries: Wide receiver A.J. Bryant, a Peach County graduate, is questionable for the Arkansas game due to a tendon injury in his right foot. Bryant had ben suffering from plantar fascia, and the injured tendon in his foot snapped on Saturday. That may actually speed the recovery, Richt indicated. "He's going to be really sore for the next couple days," Richt said. "I'm hoping by Wednesday or Thursday he'd be running around." Roland (ankle) and Jones (ankle) are expected to be ready to play against Arkansas. Tight end Martrez Milner (back) has only a "50/50 at best" chance to play this week, Richt said. Linebacker Jamario Smith (back) is out indefinitely.

Notable: Richt said running backs Danny Ware and Thomas Brown will continue to split time almost equally, but he wouldn't say if backup quarterback D.J. Shockley will continue to rotate in every third series as he did against Vanderbilt. "The QB rotation I'm not going to say anything for certain because I'm not certain of anything, but I'm definitely going to keep getting Shockley in the game."

The first BCS rankings will be announced today. The Bulldogs, who are sixth in the coaches poll and 10th in the Associated Press poll, probably will be near eighth in the BCS. ... Georgia almost got some help late Saturday night from Ole Miss, but the Rebels couldn't hold onto a late lead and lost 21-17 to Tennessee. Richt watched the second half of the game Saturday night after spending his evening watching strength coach Dave Van Halanger's son play a middle school game.

Up Next: Georgia plays Arkansas (3-3, 1-2 SEC) at 7 p.m. Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. The game will be televised by ESPN.

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